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TOWN OF DERRY
NEW HAMPSHIRE

Deny - NH's Place To Be




ANNUAL REPORT

FISCAL YEAR ENDING

JUNE 30, 2001



EXEMPTIONS

All persons desiring to inquire and/or apply for any exemptions must fill out a permanent application form (State Form
PA29) with the Assessing Department, and MUST be qualified as of April 1, in the year in which application is made.
All applications are presented to the Town Council for approval. Further information may be obtained from the
Assessing Department, 48 East Broadway, 432-6104 and/or the reverse of your tax bill.

UNIFORM ADJUSTED ELDERLY EXEMPTION

1) A person has to have been a resident of the State of New Hampshire for at least five (5) years preceding April 1st; 2)
Must have a net income from all sources, no greater than $25,500 for a single person and no greater than $32,400 if
married. 3) Owns assets of any kind, tangible or intangible, less bonafide encumbrances, and further, excluding the
value of his/her residence, no greater than $100,000. 4) is at least 65 years old on or before April 1st; and 5) must not
have received transfer of the property from a blood relation, or person related by marriage, within five (5) years prior
to date of application (April 1 ). An exemption of $60,000 for residents 65 years of age up to 74, $75,000 from 75
years of age up to 79, and $100,000 from 80 years of age and older is applied to the assessed value of the property.

EXEMPTION FOR THE BLIND

Pursuant to RSA 72 those persons considered legally blind as determined by the Administrator of Blind Services of the
Vocational Rehabilitation Division of the State of New Hampshire Education Department may apply for the exemption
for the blind. Amount is $ 1 5,000 deducted from the assessed value. You must produce a letter from the above agency
when you apply

VETERANS CREDIT

1) The veteran must be a resident of the State of New Hampshire for at least one (1) year previous to April 1st of the
year in which the credit is applied for, 2) has to have served not less than ninety (90) days in the Armed Forces of the
United States in a war or conflict as outlined in RSA 72:28; 3) must have been honorably discharged. A credit in the
amount of $100.00 is applied to the amount of tax due. A credit of $1,400 is available to the Veteran if he/she is 100%
permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected injury. (Applies also to unremarried widows of the disabled
veteran). A copy of the Veterans' DD214 or discharge paper is required when applying.

CURRENT USE

In order to encourage appreciation for the environment, conserve land and other resources, and to maintain open space,
the State of New Hampshire 'provides' for placing land in Current Use status where it is taxed at a lower rate. MANY
restrictions apply, including a 10-acre minimum. If you desire to investigate further, you may inquire at the Assessing
Department (432-6104) or refer to RSA 79-A (amended). Application must be filed on or before April 15 in the year
application is made. A filing fee is required at the time of application for recording purposes. There is no buy out
once the parcel is accepted and classified for Current Use Assessment. There is a contingent lien placed on the
property, recorded at the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds, in favor of the Town.

MANUFACTURED HOUSING

Whenever a person moves manufactured housing into a city or town for the purpose of residing in the Town, or
whenever a person purchases an existing manufactured unit, he shall, within fifteen (15) days, register with the
Assessing Department of the Town. (RSA 72:7-b, amended.) Also, you must report to the Town when you intend to
move a manufactured home from the lot and/or town and pay the full tax in Jeopardy of the move (RSA 76: 10-a).

GIFTS TO CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Under the provisions of RSA 36-A: 4, Conservation Commission may receive gifts of money and property real and
personal, in the name of the city or town, subject to approval of the Town Council. Such gifts are to be managed and
contained by the Commission for the purpose for which intended. Further inquiries may be made to the Town
Administrator's Office at 48 East Broadway, 432-6100 or 432-6101 .

(Note: If Statutes are referenced - it shall be inferred that all supplements and/or amendments apply, wherever and
whenever applicable.)

Amended June 28, 2001






The Reports of the
Officials, Departments and Committees

of the



TownofDerry
New Hampshire







For the period
July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001

www.derry-nh.org



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

Town Councilors 1

Town Officers 2

Town Departments 3

Town Boards and Committees 4

In Appreciation 6

Town Council 9

Town Administrator 11

Assessing Department 13

Cable Channel 17 38

Code Enforcement/Health/Building Department 39

Conservation Commission 41

Deny Economic Development Corporation 42

Deny Main Street Corporation 43

Deny Public Library 44

Facilities & Recreation Department 45

Fire Department & Ambulance Service 46

Forest Fire Warden 48

Heritage Commission 49

Highway Safety Committee 50

Housing & Redevelopment Authority 51

Human Resources 52

Human Services 53

Information Technology/Geographic Information System 54

Planning Board 56

Planning Department 57

Police Department 59

Public Works Department 62

Supervisors of the Checklist 65

Tax Collector 66

Taylor Library 70

Town Clerk 72

Treasurer's Report 77

Zoning Board of Adjustment 78

Auditor's Report 79

Trust Fund Investments 80

Long Term Debt Schedule 81

Schedule of Capital Leases 82

Long Term Debt Schedule 83

Water Department Long Term Debt 86

Sewer Department Long Term Debt 87

Capital Reserve Funds 90

Budget 91

Comparative Balance Sheets 101

Expenditure Report 1 1 1

Revenue Report 116

Fixed Assets 120

General Financial Information (Charts & Graphs) 121

Town Council Minutes 132



TOWN COUNCILORS




James MacEachern, Chair
Councilor-at-Large




Paul Hopfgarten
Councilor-at-Large




Paul G. Needham
Councilor-at-Large




Craig W. Bulkley
District #1




Paul Doolittle
District #2




Bruce Theriault
District #3




Michael Relf
District #4



Craig W. Bulkley

District #1

(2003)

Michael Relf

District #4

(2004)



TOWN OFFICERS

Town Council

James P. MacEachern, Chair

Councilor-at-Large

(2003)

Paul Doohttle
District #2
(2004)

Paul Hopfgarten
Councilor-at-Large
(2002)



Bruce R. Theriault

District #3

(2002)

Paul G. Needham
Councilor-at-Large
(2004)



Town Treasurer

Rita Correia
(2004)

Town Clerk

Marjorie Swanson
(2004)

Moderator

William Zolla
(2002)



Supervisors of the Checklist



Jeanne Johnson


Mayland P. Lewis


Edward D. Johnson


(2002)


(2004)

Derry Public Library Trustees


(2006)


Melissa Cormier


Rita Correia


Charles Dent


(2002)


(2003)


(2004)


Barbara Ellingwood


Charles Zoeller


Elizabeth Ives


(2002)


(2003)

Taylor Library Trustees


(2004)
May Casten
(2004)


Elaine Rendo


Pamela Otis


Candace Andrews


(2002)


(2003)


(2004)


Virginia True




Richard P. Apgar


(2002)


Trustees of Trust Funds


(2004)


Mary Church


Peter Correia


Michael Gill


(2002)


(2003)


(2004)



TOWN DEPARTMENTS AND OFFICES



EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

Carol M. Granfield, Town Administrator
Jim Turse, Assistant Town Administrator

Douglas Rathburn, IT/GIS Manager

Sandra Bissette, Administrative Assistant

Demse Neale, Secretary



TAX COLLECTION

Patricia Milone,
Tax Collector



ASSESSING

David Gomez
Assessor



HUMAN
SERVICES

Patricia Raimo
Administrator



HUMAN
RESOURCES

Wynette DeGroot
Manager



FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Grace Collette, Director

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Edward B. Garone, Chief

Malcolm Maclver, Captain

George Feole, Captain

Florence Ouellette, Animal Control Officer

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Ronald Stowers, Chief

EAST DERRY FIRE DEPARTMENT

John R. Nadeau, Chief

FACILITIES & RECREATION DEPARTMENT

Charles O'Donaghue, Director
Eric Bodenrader, Manager of Recreation

CODE ENFORCEMENT/HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Robert Mackey, Director
Fred Kelley, Assistant

PLANNING DEPARTMENT

George Sioras, Director

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

Alan G. Swan, Director

Thomas Carrier, Water & Sewer Superintendent

Alan Cote, Highway Coordinator

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Ron Stowers, Director



TOWN BOARDS & COMMITTEES





PLANNING BOARD




David Nelson, Chair


Tom Lannan


Ann Evans


2004


2002


2003


Brian Chirichiello


Chris Reisdorf


Alfred Marcelle


2004


2002


2003


Paul Hopfgarten


Carol M. Granfield


David Gomez


Council Representative


Town Administrator
Alternates


Administrative Rep.


David Blanchard


Richard Doucette


Lori Nadeau


2004


2002

John Granfield

Town Administrator's Designee


2003




ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT


John Loder


# John Church


Matthew Campanella


2004


2002


2003


Mark D. Wiseman


Patricia Norton, Chair




2004


2002
Alternates




Jeffrey Ropes


James Hoskinson


Anthony Zocchi


2004


2002


2003


Anthony Leone


Vacant





2004



HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMITTEE

Alan Cote, Public Works Grant Benson, Jr., Chair, 1 st member-at-large

Chief Edward B. Garone, Police Tom Caron, 2 nd member-at-large

Michael Gagnon, Fire Randall Chase, 3 rd member-at-large

Chief John R. Nadeau, E. Deny Fire JoAnne Landry, 4 th member-at-large



David Jack, School



Dana Marion, 5 member-at-large



Michael Gill
2002



BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Housing & Redevelopment Authority
Wilma Willson, Chair
2003
Arthur Evans III Kathy Galvin

2005 2006



Carol Gaeta



2004



DERRY HOUSING AUTHORITY

Vernon Kelley, Executive Director
Betty Hartwell, Secretary



CONSERVATION COMMISSION



Albert Doolittle


Paul Dionne, Chair


William Hoyt


2002


2003


2004


John Dooney




Margaret Ives


2002


Alternates


2004


Michael Gibbons


Allen Grinnell


Eleanor Sarcione


2002


2003


2004


Paul Doolittle






Council Representative


HERITAGE COMMISSION




Ralph Bonner


Richard Holmes, Chair


Paul Doolittle


2002


2004


Council Representative


Rebecca Rutter


Janice Rioux




2002


2004
Alternates




Bill Petch


Marjorie Palmer


Marion R. Pounder


2002


2003
CABLE COMMITTEE


2004


Roy Feinauer


Susan Bruno


Roberta Robie


2002


2003


2004


James Richardson


Bernard Resnick


Gary DeLong


2002


2003


2004


Robert Letourneau


Sandra Hopfgarten, Chair


Janet Conroy


2002


2003


2004



C17 SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR

Barbara Ellingwood

SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE PLANNING COMMISSION

David Gomez Deborah Nutter Roberta Robie Paul Hopfgarten

2004 2004 2004 2004



Alternate
John Gleason
2002



IN APPRECIATION



TWENTY YEARS DEDICATED SERVICE



Sandra Cusson
William J. Newman III
Michael F. Raymond
Vernon L. Thomas Jr.
Richard R. Houle
Michael Scott
David N. Gomez



Police Department
Police Department
Police Department
Police Department
Fire Department
Fire Department
Assessor



Roger Estes
Ken Pelletier
Gary Raymond
David Hargreaves
Alice Zolla
Ronald Faverty
Florence Ouellette



RETIRED

Fire Department
Fire Department
Fire Department
Police Department
Executive Department
Public Works Department



9/78 - 6/00
12/76-12/00
10/74-12/00
8/76-12/00
1/91 - 1/01
5/88-6/01



Animal Control Department 3/75-6/01



IN APPRECIATION




FLORENCE OUELLETTE

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER



RETIRED

3/18/75-6/29/01

(26 YRS OF DEDICATED SERVICE)



IN APPRECIATION




MARJORIE PALMER
DIRECTOR
TAYLOR LIBRARY



RETIRED

6/84 - 6/01

(17 years of dedicated service)



TOWN COUNCIL



To: Citizens of Deny

It is my pleasure to write the 2002 "State of the Town". This past year has been filled
with many accomplishments and the coming year presents us with an equal amount of
new opportunities. The town has seen many of the projects that make "Deny New
Hampshire's Place To Be" completed during the past year and a new set goals outlined in
the 2002 budget that will continue this work.

Successes from 2001 include:

• Economic Development

o Re-opening of the Adams Memorial building. The centerpiece for

downtown redevelopment.
o Completion of the upgrades to Broadway as part of the Main Street

Program.
o Opening of the Kendall Pond Industrial Park. Development with the

DEDC.

• Public Works

o Completion of Birch Street and Ross's Corner improvements.
o Continuation of road maintenance program.
o Bridge improvements.

• Facilities and Recreation

o Opening of the Facilities and Maintenance Building at the Humphrey

recreation site,
o Purchase of additional open space.
o Completion of a pavilion at Alexander Carr Park.
o A new field house at Hood Pond constructed with volunteer help.

• Additional public safety employees (Police & Fire departments).

• Start of construction of the new municipal center.

The successful completion of these projects would not have been possible without the
dedication of the town employees, volunteer boards and the support of the citizens of
Deny. The spirit of teamwork displayed amongst the town employees, volunteer boards
and citizens has been outstanding. It is this spirit of cooperation and working towards a
common set of goals that has made these projects a success.

For the 2002 budget the council continues to support projects that meet the objectives
outlined in our master plan and capital improvement plans. These projects will ensure
that the needs of all citizens will be addressed and provide a roadmap for the future of the
town.



Highlights of the 2002 budget include

• Continuation of our roadway maintenance program.

• Additional public safety employees. These include Police and Fire
Department staff.

• New radio system for the Police Department.

• Funding for additional recreation and open space.

• Funding for improvements to the transfer station.

• Funding for the new Municipal Center.

Projects for Fiscal 2002

• Opening of the new Municipal Center. Set for spring 2002.

• Completion of new multi-purpose fields. Lighting at the Humphrey fields.

• Purchase of additional open space.

• Improvements in downtown parking lots.

• Construction of transfer station improvements.

All of these projects could not be done without the dedication and commitment from the
town employees. Your enthusiasm and support of the town is a major reason why we
have been successful evident in the ideas and work you have accomplished.

I would also like to thank Carol Granfield. Your enthusiasm and dedication to the town
continue to have a positive effect on the staff and citizens of Deny. I learned a great deal
from you during my first year as chairman and I look forward to working with and
learning more from you this coming year.

I would also like to thank the various boards and committees that have spent this past
year promoting Deny. It has been through your efforts that Deny has experienced growth
in our industrial and commercial developments. I would also like to take this opportunity
to welcome all the new business to the town of Deny.

I would like to thank my fellow Town Councilors, it has been a pleasure to be a member
of this team. Thank you for you support and encouragement during my term as chairman.
I look forward to continuing our efforts in the coming year.

I would like to thank the citizens of Deny for your support. Your words of
encouragement, thoughtful feedback, involvement on the various boards and programs
have provided the inspiration to myself and the council to make "Deny New
Hampshire's Place To Be". It continues to be a pleasure to serve as your representative.

Respectfully submitted,

famed S 1 . J\lac£acfiexn

Councilor at Large

Chairman

Deny Town Council.



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TOWN ADMINISTRATOR



This has truly been a very active, productive and exciting year for the Town of Deny. It
gives me great pleasure to report on many of the accomplishments which continue to
make "Deny New Hampshire's Place to Be".

Many of the highlights have been very visible while others have been internal within
town operations. The budget process continues to be improved each year by working
with the departments and Town Council. There is a need to modify the Capital
Improvement Plan adoption next year in order to conespond with the actual budget
adoption. This will be addressed by Charter amendment in order to conect the process.

One of the significant highlights is the new municipal center project. This involved a
lengthy preparation of request for proposals, selection process and construction work.
The new building will be conveniently located in the downtown area and house the
majority of town services. Departments will be able to work together more easily at one
location and a primary purpose of improved service will be achieved with the "one stop"
operation. The drive-in option will be able to accommodate quick, easy transactions
such as paying a tax or water bill, renewing a vehicle registration or perhaps obtaining a
dog license. The new service will provide families as well as the time-oriented person
with a quick service and perhaps a lollipop or dog treat for those in the vehicle!
Additional internal work has also been associated with the new facility including
consolidating files, networking of computers, as well as transitional training for all
employees. We look forward to the new environment with more space with a convenient
layout.

Our expansion of parks and services at Gallien's Beach, Humphrey Park, Alexander Can
and Hood Park have been very positive in meeting the needs of the community. The
added bathrooms, concession stand, ball fields and facilities provide a desired element to
the excellent quality of life we enjoy in Deny.

The downtown revitalization has been happening. The visible streetscape with the
stamped sidewalks, trees, streetlights and wires down have added to the "new look" in
Deny. The excitement of the Adams Memorial Building renovation continues. I was
advised by a group of individuals from around the state that it was positive to see Deny
promote cultural arts with theater, music and art as this is not seen in many communities.
Again, this is what makes Deny unique.

The development in Deny has been quite positive with new retail, commercial and
industrial ventures that have added to the variety of services available. The turn around
time for permits and approvals is said to be very responsive to the applicants which again
is what we strive to achieve.



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The monthly cable show continues to provide information to our citizens about the town
and related services. This in addition to our regular Cable TV coverage along with the
new look of our website keeps everyone informed. I appreciate input you may have
regarding other services that could be enhanced or communicated in another fashion that
would be of assistance.

A new program of "Beautify Derry" was initiated with eleven organizations/individuals
maintaining thirteen locations. The concept is adopting a location, planting flowers and
shrubs and then maintaining it on a regular basis. Sites include islands, cul-de-sacs as
well as downtown and areas along the road. The program should be quite visible late in
the summer. We encourage everyone to consider this exciting opportunity and will report
more to you next year regarding the results.

This year has encountered several personnel changes and I wish Alice Zolla our previous
receptionist a happy retirement and thank her for her great assistance. A hearty welcome
to Denise Neale who is very helpful and talented, as well as my new Assistant Jim Turse
who brings many years of expertise and assistance to our team. A special thanks to Sandi
Bissette who has provided extensive assistance throughout the years.

The support from the entire Town Council has been gratifying in my overseeing the day-
to-day operation of the town. Our department heads are truly exceptional and continue to
work together as a team. This is evident on a daily basis regardless of the different styles
of management. Everyone's goal is the same - for the good of Derry.

I continue to encourage involvement with all Town Boards and Committees. I have
learned from many of you and thank you for the knowledge shared.

Lastly, to our most important asset, all of our dedicated, talented employees, I thank you
for your support and help throughout the year. You are a key component in what makes
Derry New Hampshire's Place to Be!

I look forward to the upcoming year of new challenges. We will soon be establishing
goals for the next two years which I'm sure will continue with the positive vision
currently being implemented.



Respectfully submitted,
Qxvtel M. Qwmfield

Town Administrator



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ASSESSING DEPARTMENT



Fiscal Year 2001, as with past years, was a very productive year for the Assessing
Department. We continued our efforts in annual assessment updates. The years' effort
saw us visit over 2800 properties (all over Town) for tax year 2001 (which began April 1).
These properties, for the most part, had not been visited by us since 1996 or before. This
effort did not include review and/or inspections for abatement requests or building permits.
Abatement requests locally, and at appeal venues remain at very reduced levels (please see
the chart "Abatement fdings by Year").

As most everyone knows, the economy and the real estate market, in particular, has been
vibrant in Deny, and the rest of the State. As a result, we have recommended that the
Department revise assessed values, Townwide, for all property types for the Tax Year
beginning April 1, 2001.

The real estate market fluctuates, and we need to continue to keep our assessed values in
line with market activity according to State Law and the State Constitution. This is the
mission of the Assessing Department, and has been since 1992, before 1993 when the
Board of Tax & Land Appeals ordered the Town to reassess its entire property base. We
must continue our regular program of assessment updates, and times a total town wide
reassessment update will be necessary. This process is crucial to the well being of the
Town, not only from the individual taxpayers prospective, but also from the overall fiscal
health of the Town.

Our statistical tests also demonstrate that the real estate market has been very active and
healthy. All classes of property have been experiencing a rise in market value since 1998
at approximately 12% per year. The State Department of Revenue Administration
indicates through their sales to assessment ratio study for 2000 that the Town's level of
assessed value to market value is 68% (for '99 it was 79%). I feel this ratio will be lower
in 2001 as a result of the healthy real estate market, and economy (anticipated to be 58% or
less). The last general reassessment of property took place in 1995 (1993 is the base year
of all our assessment models and assessed value tables).

The Department of Revenue Administration study shows our co-efficient of dispersion
(C.O.D.) to be 12.91% for the tax year 2000 (12.22% in '99). Although considered
acceptable, the C.O.D. is not reflective of the best levels we can achieve. The C.O.D.
measures uniformity in ratio studies. It provides a measure of appraisal uniformity that is
independent of the level of appraisal (ratio) and permits direct comparisons between
property groups (like and other properties). Therefore, our decision to reassess town wide
in tax year 2001 . Please see their letter and chart dated 4/2/01 .



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The Town's total net taxable valuation, upon which the tax rate was set for Tax Year 2000
was $1,116,470,242 ('99 was $1,090,146,334), and the tax rate(s) were: Deny Fire District
$35.58/1,000 of assessed value and East Deny Fire Precinct $34.39/1,000 of assessed
value. I have estimated the Net Taxable assessed value for 2001 will be approximately
$1,600,000,000.

The tax rates reflected here are a result of the State of New Hampshire's funding of an
"Adequate" education. As a result, the Town of Deny received over $18 million in a grant
from the State in 2000 (was the same for '99). The paying public should be aware that
there will continue to be two school rates on their tax bills - one will reflect the total local
monies to be raised, the other will be the State rate. As of this writing (6/28/01), the State
Legislature has taken no definitive action on this issue, and the funding mechanisms are
slated to terminate as of January 2003. Citizens must keep involved and continue their


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